Public asked to stop putting batteries in their recycling after second fire at NDC recycling hall

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Posted on: 25 July 2019

Residents are being asked to stop putting batteries in their recycling after a second fire within three weeks at the North Devon Council recycling hall.

It’s believed that on both occasions, loose batteries scraping along the floor when the recycling is being pushed alongĀ  by machinery have ignited surrounding plastic.

Currently, residents can recycle their batteries in their weekly recycling but are asked to bag them up first. Unfortunately, batteries have come loose and end up mixed up with general recycling.

NDC Chief Executive Ken Miles says: “It’s unfortunate that we are going to have to ask the public to stop putting their batteries in their weekly recycling but the risk has now become too great. It doesn’t mean that people have to stop recycling their batteries as many supermarkets have battery collection points and they can also be taken to recycling centres.”

The fire was put out within half and hour and staff were able to get into the building at around 8am once the site had been declared safe by the fire service.

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